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Psychology

News & Highlights

June 29, 2018

Why I Launched my Psychology Career in Baltimore

I’ve lived in 10 states all across America. As a kid, we moved around a lot, and I kept on moving once I was out on my own…that is, until I came to Loyola.

When I came to school here, I fell in love with Loyola, I fell in love with Baltimore, and that worked out perfectly because I also fell in love with my husband, who is from here.

June 18, 2018

2018 Psychology Department Awards

At the conclusion of yet another academic year at Loyola, the Psychology Department had the pleasure of recognizing several of our students across programs for their outstanding contributions.

June 11, 2018

Research Mentoring in Psychology

by Michiko Iwaski, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology

Every year, 8-10 students join my research lab to work on a number of projects outside the classroom. Graduate and undergraduate students work together in groups allowing students to exercise teamwork, leadership, and supervisory skills, while I mentor them. Our work can be extremely challenging, but through camaraderie and good humor, we work well together.

May 16, 2018

Finding My Next Steps: Why I Chose to Become a Researcher

by Amanda Woodward, '14, Psychology / Biology Major

When I started at Loyola, I was sure of one thing, I wanted to be a doctor. I chose to be a biology/psychology major so I could learn the biology I needed for medical school, and the psychology to connect with my patients. During my first two years, I checked every box I needed to be a competitive medical school applicant. Then one day, I realized I missed something. I did not like blood or needles, and this seemed problematic for a physician.

April 17, 2018

Loyola Clinical Centers to offer ACT Raising Safe Kids Program

by Stephanie Weaver

The Psychology division of the Loyola Clinical Centers (LCC) will be offering the ACT Raising Safe Kids Program, an international parent training program developed by the Violence and Prevention Program of the American Psychological Association that teaches positive parenting skills to parents and caregivers of children from birth to age 8.

April 5, 2018

It Is What You Make It

Loyola PsyD graduate Rachel Orr standing in front of greenery smiling.

by Rachel Orr, Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, '15

In each and every interview that I’ve completed for various professional positions—internships, post-doc fellowships, job opportunities—the one comment I consistently made about Loyola’s Psy.D. program is that it allowed me to shape and individualize my experience. I was able to develop a specialty from a solid generalist foundation. Our program itself was a general program in clinical psychology, but each and every classmate in my cohort had a different focus, a different passion, a different goal. Some of my classmates focused their efforts in college counseling centers, while others served in prisons or psychiatric hospitals. As for me, I was able to interview for and acquire positions in the specialty of neuropsychology, and these positions were often occupied by individuals from neuropsychology-specific or tracked programs. Thus, I cannot emphasize enough—Loyola’s PsyD program is what you make it to be for you and your interests.

March 27, 2018

You Extern and Learn

by Nicole Sellino, ’17, M.S. clinical psychology student

I’m not exactly sure that I know the difference between an externship and an internship. One difference is that “externship” gets a small red line under it when I type it into emails or Word documents on the computer, while “internship” does not. I’ve googled it a few times, and never quite found a sufficiently satisfying answer. Most of my friends who majored in business classes talk about their “internship,” whereas my psychology friends talk about their “externships.” Regardless, I do not think that it is a coincidence that “externship” begins with the same two letters as “experience.” For the purpose of this post, I will maintain the privacy of my externship site out of respect and confidentiality, although it pains me to do so. I’d like to give it the credit it deserves for being an enriching, constantly growing and beautiful place – both inside and out, just like the people I have encountered there. For the sake of this essay, the most you have to know is that I extern at a school, and work with students from the ages of 7 to 18 years old.

March 7, 2018

Managing the Stress of College: How Can Psychologists Help?

by Dr. Mary Jo Coiro, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Loyola University Maryland

College students face lots of stress, including forming new relationships, choosing a major, finding a job, and struggling with finances.​As a result, some students develop mental health problems – such as depression, anxiety, or just feeling overwhelmed - that interfere with their social or academic life. The good news is, help is available.

February 26, 2018

How My Master's in Psychology Helped Me Start My Dream Career

by Jordan Goodman, LCPC

I’m not your typical student. I never have been, and I never will be, either. And every day, I thank my professors and mentors at Loyola for giving me the tools and support to launch my dream career(s).

I identify primarily as a musician—a drummer specifically. During my college years, I was realizing my dreams as a performer and manager of a touring rock band. But as much as I loved it, I felt I needed to pursue a career that offered more security for the future. So as an undergrad, I learned business in the band and psychology in class, and then came to Loyola for my M.S. in Clinical Psychology.

February 6, 2018

Loyola has Prepared Me for a Future Career in Psychology

by Faith Shank, Anticipated B.A. in Psychology, with Departmental Honors in Psychology, Class of 2018

Being a quiet and reserved person throughout high school, I thought the same would happen during college. However, attending Loyola has helped me break out of my shell, and helped me to find my passion for psychology. When I was a first year I knew I wanted to be a psychology major, but was not sure what I wanted my future to look like yet.